January 12, 1992
HOW TO FACE FEAR FAITHFULLY
ISAIAH 41: 10
(PAGE 1059 COME ALIVE BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST wants to calm the troubled soul. While on earth, He
dealt with disciples who in character were not unlike us. Once,
He observed them in one of the literal storms of life. John, one
of those present, wrote of the event (John 6: 16 - 20). He said,
"It was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them." Does that
seem to be where you are - rowing your boat with only one oar in
the water? "Where are you Jesus?" John describes their
emotional state by simply saying, "they were afraid."
Suddenly, Jesus was present with them and He said, "It is I; do
not be afraid."
Eighty times in the Bible God says to His people, "Fear not." To
this day some seem not to have received the message. Or having
received it, they appear to argue with it with such lines as,
"But God, you don't understand how bad things are." Or, "God,
things are worse than they have ever been!" We often inventory
the difficulties for God.
It is the economy, my health, my job or lack of one, my family,
the social condition, the world situation, etc.
Reality would snatch us up by the nape of the neck and remind us
of a line from the 23rd Psalm most of us could quote from
childhood: "I will fear no evil." Look that one up and
underscore in your mind, if not on the page, the little two
letter word "N O." "I will fear N O evil."
Come back with me through the pages of the ages and let's let
the prophet Isaiah talk to us about faith. Faith is merely
confidence in God's character. It is the ability to believe God
means what H ...
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